Participants/ Teddy Cruz

Director of the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative​ and Principles at Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman are directors of the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative and are Principles at Estudio Teddy Cruz + Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego. Their work emphasizes urban conflict and informality as sites of intervention for rethinking public policy and civic infrastructure, with a special emphasis on Latin American cities. From 2012-2013 they served as special advisors on Civic and Urban Initiatives for the City of San Diego and led the development of its Civic Innovation Lab. They are presently co-investigating a Ford Foundation-funded study on citizenship culture in the San Diego-Tijuana border region in collaboration with Antanas Mockus and the Bogota-based NGO, Corpovisionarios.

Teddy Cruz is a Professor of Public Culture and Urbanization in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. He is known internationally for his urban research on the Tijuana/San Diego border, advancing border neighborhoods as sites of cultural production from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing, and civic infrastructure. Recipient of the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1991, his other honors include representing the U.S. in the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, receiving the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award in 2011, and accepting the 2013 Architecture Award from the US Academy of Arts and Letters.